Miz Lizzie Adventures: down the range and up again

My word, we’ve done a few sharp corners today.

So far, we’ve spent our time in Far North Queensland up on the Tablelands, where it’s cool and breezy. Today, we decided to head down into Cairns for a spot of retail therapy and a Big Lunch. To get from here to there, we have two choices, both involving steep, wiggly roads. One is the Kuranda Range, which is fairly busy as it’s the main thoroughfare up to the tablelands. The other is the Gillies Range, and it’s awesome. 19 kilometres, over 260 bends ranging from gentle to hairpin, and over the 800 metres of elevation change the landscape goes from lush, wet tropics at the top to dry tropics part way down, to farmland at the bottom. We took this one… obviously! It’s a favourite route when we’re on the motorbike, but even in the car, it’s fun.

There’s a wonderful craft shop in Cairns, a wonderland of all sorts of tools, fabrics, yarns, beads, and canvases. I went in hoping to find a few fabrics to add to my stash. It quickly became apparent that I wasn’t going to be able to choose just a few. Just as well, perhaps, since they were almost all $25 a metre and well beyond my budget. But if I ever need something really special that I can’t find elsewhere, that’s where I’ll go. I consoled myself with some crochet cotton for making face-washers/flannels. I love those ice-cream colours in the variegated one, don’t you? And it gives me something to do with my hands now that I’ve finished the sewing I brought with me.

After that visit and a quick purchase of new 2-way radios (walkie talkies) to replace our old and now quite dead ones, we decided it was time to head to our favourite Indian restaurant for an early lunch.

Hyderabad lamb biryani, poppadums, mint raita, chicken korma, basmati rice and plain naan bread. All fresh, hot and quite delicious. I could have done with a large snooze after that, but instead, we tootled back up the range and looked at a couple of waterfalls and I got photos to add to my collection.

It’s our last day here, so I’m glad we’ve managed to do so many fun things. I haven’t even told you about everything we’ve done, but it would start to get boring if I banged on about the hot springs we’ve discovered and will visit next time we’re up here (and have our bathers with us!), or the other places to stay we’ve investigated, or…. I did say I wouldn’t bore you, didn’t I? Tomorrow we’ll be back in Townsville to collect the overlocker and catch up with friends for dinner.

And then home on Wednesday 🙂 

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30 thoughts on “Miz Lizzie Adventures: down the range and up again

  1. I thought our fabric was expensive but yours beats it. I’ll quit complaining now. Love going in craft shops but need nothing anymore. Have more than enough to work with. I am not a fan of twisty roads. The waterfalls do make it worth it though.
    Hope the serger is all better now and you have a good time with your friends.

    • katechiconi says:

      Even for us, that’s expensive. I can usually get something good for half to two-thirds of that price. But the shop is incredible and I suppose they have to maintain that amazingness! I do love a twisty road, especially on the motorbike, and always look at them with a view to riding up and down them. The serger will rejoin us tomorrow, and I hope it will be purring instead of growling!

  2. tialys says:

    NOOOO! You taunt me with your Indian food. I always have ‘an Indian when I go back to the UK as there is a dearth here – the French prefer Chinese and, even then, I’ve not found a decent oriental restaurant either. Luckily, we are ‘fully spiced’ in our kitchen and Mr. T. makes excellent naan bread.
    Your waterfall photos are amazing – I particularly like the first one.

    • katechiconi says:

      It has taken me many years to find good curry. Not so hard in the big cities, but in more remote areas it can be impossible. Now that we’ve found a couple of great places, we’re taking full advantage. Holland doesn’t have curry as we know it, either. Lots of lovely Indonesian food, but not the north Indian stuff Brits adore so much. There’s something completely addictive about the smell and taste, isn’t there?
      That waterfall you like is huge, it’s about 12 x the height of a man, at least. There are long dangly plants in the flow of water, some of them a good 15 ft long.

  3. Sandy says:

    Beautiful waterfalls! Thanks for sharing.

    Lol, we always have a curry for one of our first meals when we return to the UK.

  4. dayphoto says:

    What a great trip you had!! I love that waterfall! We don’t have Indian food here…lots of Mexican food.

  5. One of the wonderful things about holidaying somewhere familiar is seeking out favourite places… relaxing and rewarding ♡

  6. kathyreeves says:

    Those are beautiful waterfalls, and that food, oh my!😍 Too bad you couldn’t find a great deal at the fabric store, rats!

  7. rutigt says:

    Like! Beautiful waterfalls!

  8. nanacathy2 says:

    I love that an aim of the day was a Big Lunch! I can’t imagine life without curry, and yours looked yummy.
    Pretty yarn.
    Beautiful waterfalls.
    You went away without your swimmers, when the campsite has a pool with a cave.
    Lying down in disbelief.

    • katechiconi says:

      Dear Cathy, it’s Winter here… I’m Aussie enough these days that I don’t swim when the temperature is under 25°C, and it’s been beautifully cool and breezy, such a treat when you live in a very hot and sweaty climate.

  9. Lynda says:

    I love curry, but the south doesn’t get ethnic right. This makes me want to break our the cookbook… We do our own Indian cooking at home, but being able to go out for it would sure be a treat!

    • katechiconi says:

      You certainly get the finished result a lot quicker if you eat out… It’s one of the few things I miss about the UK, the frequency of good Indian restaurants. Mind you, the food isn’t exactly 100% authentic, but it’s certainly addictive!

  10. I’ve loved your posts about your trip. Thanks very much for sharing them.

    • katechiconi says:

      I always do, given that we make a point of visiting lots of fun and foodie places rather than lying on a beach or by a pool 😉 Sometimes we get a bit more than we bargained for, like the next post in the trip…

      • yes, I saw that after this. We had a similar experience dricing back from Kalbarri to Perth one January. really quite frightening seeing the fire hop from one side of the road to the other. Gave us a far better insight to the standard life for many aussies.

      • katechiconi says:

        I’ve always managed to live in places with low fire risk, so this was a bit too close for comfort. When I first arrived in Australia, I wondered why houses were plonked down on a bare patch of ground without a single tree nearby for shade. Now, I know better. Shade tree = bushfire fuel.

  11. kymlucas says:

    Gosh, that luncheon looks delicious. Much better than the crock pot Tikka Masala I made Friday.

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